Colorado Driver License and Permit Practice Tests

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#1. When your car has an enabled front passenger air bag, a rear-facing infant seat must:

Children less than one year of age, and less than 20 pounds, must be fastened in a rear-facing child restraint system in a rear seat of the vehicle. Never place an infant in a rear-facing child safety seat in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger side air bag.

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#2. Where should a driver 21 years of age or older keep an alcoholic beverage container that has been opened?

It is unlawful for someone to drink from or possess an open alcohol beverage container while in the passenger area of a motor vehicle that is on a public road.

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#3. When approaching a stopped school bus with flashing red lights at a four-way intersection, you must stop:

You must stop your vehicle at least 20 feet before reaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing whether it is on your side of the road, the opposite side of the road, or at an intersection you are approaching.

You are not required to stop if the bus is traveling toward you on a roadway that is separated by a median or other physical barrier.

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#4. You must always stop before a railroad crossing if:

Never start to cross the tracks until there is enough room for your vehicle to clear the tracks on the other side.

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#5. When driving in the right lane of traffic you must always yield to:

Drivers behind a transit bus are required to yield the right-of-way to the bus if the bus, after stopping to allow passengers to board or exit, is signaling to enter a traffic lane and the yield warning sign on the back of the bus is illuminated. These yield signs are a warning to drivers behind transit buses that they are required to yield when the bus is entering a traffic lane.

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#6. You should be especially alert for deer on the road:

About 90 percent of deer-vehicle crashes occur between dusk and dawn, at all times of the year. Big game animals can appear in metropolitan areas as well as mountainous regions.

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#7. An adult driver will lose the driver's license through a point suspension after 12 points in any 12 consecutive months, or:

If you accumulate too many points against your driving record within a certain period of time, you will lose your driver’s license through a point suspension. An adult driver will lose the driver’s license after 12 points in any 12 consecutive months, or 18 points in any 24 consecutive months.

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#8. If you have a tire blowout while driving, you should:

Hold the steering wheel tightly and keep the vehicle going straight. Slow down gradually. Take your foot off the gas pedal and use the brakes lightly. Move slowly and safely off the road. Do not stop on the road if at all possible.

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#9. Where is parking or stopping a vehicle never allowed?

It is forbidden to stop or park a vehicle on controlled access highway.

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#10. What color do flag persons in construction zones generally wear on vests, shirts, or jackets?

A flag person is often provided in roadway work zones to stop, slow, or guide traffic safely through the area. A flag person wears an orange vest, shirt, or jacket and uses stop/slow paddles or red flags to direct traffic through work zones. Flag persons may also use fluorescent orange or fluorescent yellow-green vests, shirts or jackets.

Drivers are responsible for knowing how to read and react to work zone directional signs.

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#11. The following are true about large trucks, except:

It is not true that trucks need shorter stopping distance.

Remember, the bigger the truck (or bus):

  • The bigger the blind spots.
  • The more room they need to maneuver.
  • The longer it takes them to stop.
  • The longer it takes them to accelerate.
  • The longer it takes to pass them.
  • The more likely you are going to be the loser in a collision.
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#12. If a posted speed limit is 65 mph:

Remember, the maximum limits are for ideal conditions and you must reduce your speed when conditions require it.

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#13. Which of the following is considered unsafe driving on a freeway?

Changing lanes without signaling is unsafe.

Freeway driving is different from driving on a regular street or highway mainly because the highways are designed to move a greater volume of traffic at a higher rate of speed. Signal at least 200 feet before you change lanes, avoiding frequent lane changes.

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#14. You need to drive more slowly at night because:

Drive more slowly at night because you cannot see as far ahead and you will have less time to stop for a hazard.

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#15. When driving at night in rural areas, you should:

Use your high beam lights when driving in rural areas and on open highways away from urban and metropolitan areas.

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#16. To make a left turn, you should:

If turning left, you should wait at the stop line or crosswalk until there is a gap in oncoming traffic large enough to allow you to complete your turn. Never turn the front wheels towards the left while you are waiting to turn. If you happen to get rear ended, you would be pushed into oncoming traffic. Begin your turn from the center of an appropriate turning lane.

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#17. To avoid a collision, a driver basically has three options:

There almost always is something you can do to avoid the crash or reduce the impact of the crash. In avoiding a collision, drivers have three options: stop, turn, or speed up.

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#18. To check your blind spot when changing lanes to the left you should look:

Check your blind spot by glancing over your shoulder to the rear in the direction of the lane change. When moving to the left, look over your left shoulder.

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#19. Left turns against a red arrow are:

A lighted red arrow means that you may not proceed in the direction indicated by the arrow.

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#20. A solid white line between lanes means:

White lines separate lanes of traffic moving in the same direction. Broken white lines mean you may change lanes if it is safe. A solid white line means you should stay within the lane. A solid white line also marks the shoulder of the roadway.

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#21. An information sign that indicates what to do if there is an emergency on or near railroad tracks is:

The purpose of the ENS sign is to provide the public with critical emergency contact information at every highway-rail grade crossing. The information contained on the ENS sign enables the public to reach the railroad responsible for the crossing and to identify the specific crossing in the event of an emergency.

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#22. What does this sign mean?

Curve sign. Note the difference between Curve and Sharp Turn signs.

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#23. This sign means:

Added lane sign. Two roadways come together, but you are not required to merge.

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#24. This sign means:

Stop sign ahead. When you come to this sign, you should slow down and be ready to stop at the stop sign ahead.

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#25. Most regulatory road signs are:

Regulatory sign tell you of laws and regulations that apply at a location. They are normally black or red on a white background. Failure to obey these signs is a traffic violation.

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Colorado DMV Knowledge Test

Quick facts for your Colorado driver license and permit test:

Number of Questions: 25
Correct answers needed: 20
Passing score: 80 percent
Time limit: None
Earliest retest upon failure: 1 day

Prepare for the Colorado Permit Examination

The permit examination has 25 multiple-choice and true-or-false questions. You need 20 correct answers to pass the examination (80%).

Your test questions are randomly picked from a larger group of questions, which means that you don’t know which questions you will get. The more you practice, the better chances you have of passing the test the first time.

If you fail the knowledge examination, you can try again the next business day. With just minor errors, that may be an acceptable strategy, but having 6 or more errors on the test means you missed a large portion of the exam. It is perhaps better to wait a few more days and read the Driver Handbook again.

Everything you need to learn for the exam is in the handbook, so don’t forget to get a hard copy or download the PDF file   to your computer or smartphone.

This Colorado driver license test has 25 questions, just like the real permit exam. It covers everything you need to learn to pass.

Practice tests should always be an additional learning tool when preparing for the permit test, not a replacement for the handbook. Some websites suggest that you can pass the test by just studying practice tests and cheat sheets, which is a bad strategy. Use both sample tests and the handbook, and you will have a much better chance of passing your examination the first time.

Read more about risky study tactics that could cause you to fail

Is the Colorado DMV Permit Test Hard?

Moderate - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

The latest numbers show that almost one third of all test takers fail the examination. It means that the difficulty is moderate to hard.

It is, however, suggested that the test has become easier in recent years.

Colorado Instruction Permit – Under 18 years

These are the requirements to get your first permit as a teenager:

  Be at least 15 years
  Present a completed “Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship”
  Prove full legal name, age, identity, and Colorado residency
  Prove lawful presence in United States (if applicable)
  Pass a vision exam
  Pass the written knowledge exam

  Additional Requirements for permit issuance at 15 years to 16 years:

Permit issued at 15-15 1/2 years, license at 16-16 1/2 years:

  • 30-hour driver’s education course completed within six months prior to permit issuance
  • 6 hours behind the wheel training with an instructor after permit issuance

Permit issued at 15 1/2-16 years, license at 16 1/2-17 years:

  • 4-hour classroom driver awareness program completed within six months prior to permit issuance



Colorado Instruction Permit – 18 years or older

These are the requirements to get your first permit as an adult:

  Be at least 18 years
  Prove full legal name, age, identity, and Colorado residency
  Prove lawful presence in United States (if applicable)
  Pass a vision exam
  Pass the written knowledge exam

After You Pass the Knowledge Examination

After you have provided the necessary documents and passed both the vision exam and the knowledge test, you may start practice driving.

If you are under 18 years, you can drive with a licensed driving instructor or any licensed adult 21 years or older. You must complete and log 50 hours of driving time, of which 10 hours must be at night. Note that only the person who sign the affidavit can certify your driving log.

Your First Colorado Driver License – Under 18 Years

These are the requirements to get your first Colorado driver license as a teenager:

  Hold your permit for at least 1 year
  Provide a certified log of at least 50 hours driving practice
  Pass the vision exam (again)
  Successfully pass driving test

Colorado Driver License

Your First Colorado Driver License – 18 years or older

These are the requirements to get your first Colorado license as an adult:

  Pass the vision exam (again)
  Successfully pass driving test

If you are 18 years or older, there is no minimum time you must hold your permit before you can apply for a driver license.

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